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Malta

The island-state of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily, it consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, of which Malta is the largest island. In its history, the Maltese archipelago was always strategically significant for the domination of the Mediterranean.

The North part of the island is the most rugged of all Malta's regions. It features spectacular views across Comino and Gozo. It also has Malta's most established beach and holiday resorts, Buġibba, Qawra, St. Paul's Bay, and Malta's largest sandy beach at Mellieħa. Further northwards are Malta's other larger sandy bays, Golden Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Paradise Bay.

Sliema and St. Julian's are Malta's main coastal resort towns and a heartland for shopping, entertainment and café life. They also house some of Malta's newest hotels and apartments. St. Julian's and Paceville are Malta's main nightlife areas.

The South part of the island of Malta is characterised by its fishing villages and quiet bays. It offers an authentic insight into Maltese rural life. It is also the location of two of Malta's prehistoric temples, Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra. The region is largely undeveloped with most hotels in the harbor town of Marsaskala, a southern resort which bustles by night yet is charming and quiet by day.

Central Malta is dominated by Malta's ancient capital, Mdina, a near perfect example of a medieval walled town. Beyond the walls, lies Rabat, a large town of Roman origin. The central region of Malta has some of the most interesting inland options, ranging from palaces to town house hotels.

Malta's sister islands of Gozo and Comino provide a tranquil haven and a change in scene. They are greener, more rural and smaller than Malta. Life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace and accommodation options range from charming old farmhouses, often with private pools, to five-star hotels and apartments with spectacular sea views, to secluded hotels and cottages.

The tiny island of Comino is the ultimate escape, all year round. Car-free and carefree, it has just the one resort hotel but it makes an excellent choice for those who want seclusion or to make the most of water sports.

There are many local land and sea excursions available during your holiday in Malta. We are particularly keen to recommend a visit to the Megalithic Temple at The Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum as well as a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon and a visit to the ancient walled city of Mdina.

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